In a recent Best Buy flyer ad campaign for the newly released HP TouchPad in Canada, there’s some ‘wishful thinking’ on what OS the tablet actually runs. As seen above, the ad reads that the TouchPad runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, instead of its WebOS. Big WHOOPS! Shortly after this leaked, and also after it hit every household with a Canadian address and a mailbox, they’ve retracted and made a correction notice as seen below on the website.
Conspiracy Theory #1 says = ‘Was this an attempt to boost tablet sales?’
LOL. Nice try Best Buy….nice try.
AT&T already announced the HTC Status, but did not provide pricing and availability. We can tell you that preorders have already started, and the price will be $49.99 with a two-year contract. You will be able pick one up in your local AT&T starting July 17. Again, this is the first smartphone with a dedicated Facebook button on it, but don’t worry, you can still use Google+ as well.
The features are not amazing, but for $49.99 it makes a great mid-range phone. They are:
- Platform: Android™ 2.3 + HTC Sense
- Display: 2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution
- Network: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900
- Memory: 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
- Processor: MSM7227, 800 MHz
- Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 1250 mAh
- Camera resolution: 5 MP main camera with autofocus, VGA front-facing camera
Best Buy Mobile will also be offering an exclusive mauve edition.
We have been hearing rumors that the Motorola Droid 3 will release in early July. It has already cleared the FCC and the Milestone 3 was already announced for a summer release in China. The most rumor was July 7th, but since that is the day that Verizon switches to tiered pricing, it does not make sense to launch a phone on the same day. So why not 1 week later?
According to a leaked Best Buy inventory screen it should be in stock for July 13th for a release on July 14th. Before you mark it in your Google Calendar, you should note that this is not official until Motorola and/or Verizon Wireless announce it. If the 14th holds, expect that announcement to be some time the week of the 4th.
We will of course report to you if this date does become official, Stay tuned.
Best Buy just announced “Music Cloud,” which is a new cloud-based streaming music service to compete with Google, Amazon, and Apple. What seperates Music Cloud from the others is that it already is compatible with Android, BlackBerry, and iOS.
There is a quick sign-up process which will grant you the ability to download the application for your desktop (PC or Mac), Android device, BlackBerry, or IPhone.
Music Cloud allows you to stream your music or cache them for offline playback. It is free if you only want to use the Best Buy Web player. If you want to stream on the go, that will cost you $4 per month.
What I want to know is if anyone is actually excited about this? Let me be the first to jump in: Not me.
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Toshiba promised us that we would be able to pre-order the Toshiba Thrive starting June 13th. They have held up to that promise as you can now order it from Toshiba direct, Amazon, Best Buy, or Office Direct. Deliveries are expected in mid-July.
The Thrive packs in all the standard bells and whistles like Honeycomb 3.1, 1280 X 800 resolution, and dual cameras. What is intriguing is the full SD card slot, removable battery, and the 8GB price point of $430. With a full SD card slot, I see no reason to buy the other versions which are $480 for 16GB and $580 for 32GB. If you would like any color other than black it will cost you an extra $20.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet is finally making its way to North America for major launch. The ‘thinnest mobile tablet’ should be available at Best Buy stores by June 17th nationwide, firstly available in NYC Best Buy Union Square location on June 8th for $499 and $599 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively.
Also, we should see the Galaxy Tab 10.1 available at Verizon packing some 4G/LTE punch on June 8th for pre-order, with no specific shipping date as of yet. The pricing will be $529.99 for the 16GB model and $629.99 for the 32GB, and a Wi-Fi only version will be available in the ‘mid-summer’. Only an extra $30 to grab the 4G edition, not bad at all!
Press Releases below.
Finally, what many of us have been waiting for since the announcements from Sprint at CTIA. Best Buy has sent out an email to all those who have asked to be notified about information on whats to come. This latest mailer comes with great news! You can now reserve your Sprint HTC Evo 3D. Thats right! The newest installation in the line of Evo’s from Sprint can now be yours. So if you want this new Android 2.3 device, get over to your local Best Buy store and reserve it now, as via your local retailer is the only way to reserve! I know I’ll be headed to Best Buy the first chance i get.
Check out the specs below:
- Android 2.3
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
- 4.3-inch 3D capacitive touchscreen with 960×540 pixels res.
- Dual 5-megapixel rear cameras for recording 3D video at 720p
- 2D video at 1080p.
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls
- 4GB of internal memory, microSD expansion slot.
- DNLA support and HDMI port
- Dimensions: 5.0×2.6×0.48 inches
Looks like the folks over at Best Buy are going to be the first to be graced with the presence of the highly anticipated
Honeycomb Gingerbread tablet from our favorite Taiwanese manufacturer. The HTC Flyer is now available for pre-order on Best Buy’s website for $499.99. We ASSume for the most part that T-Mobile should be picking up the device as well due to the fact that the device supports HSPA/WCDMA AWS/2100 MHz and Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 1800/1900 MGz. I’m thinking of trading my trusty Galaxy Tab 7″ for the Flyer, assuming it will be graced with Honeycomb shortly after release.
A couple of things that set this device apart from the rest of the tablet community, would be the fact that as far as we can tell, this is the first “skinned” (Sense UI) tablet running Gingerbread 2.3 and could possibly remain skinned after the Honeycomb update. Furthermore, the Flyer is the first device to sport the new HTC Scribe technology which allows you to use a “stylus” like device to write, draw, take notes and highlight items. The device should also come equipped with the new HTC Sense 3.0 at launch, and although we were told the skin would require at least a dual-core chip due to its CPU intensive nature and “hardware limitations“, the Flyer’s 1.5 GHz processor should still suffice. So, gonna get one? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break for the full spec layout and to check out the video demo of the device in action from HTC themselves. Read more
The folks over at androidcentral have stumbled upon some interesting news. A non retail, working display model of the tablet has been sent to Target. The picture shows that the supposed release date might be May 15. Knowing you can get them for $450 at Best Buy, does anyone else think a pricing war could be in the near future? A lot of vendors are already doing this with phones, perhaps tablet will be next? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
This morning at 10:46 am EST @BestBuyMobile announce via Twitter that today (and Saturday) is Free Phone day. They’re Twitter account, points you to the Best Buy page where you can order one of these free phones. The Android phones listed at $0.00 are a Samsung Fascinate (Black or White) for Verizon and a Samsung Captivate for AT&T. Oh yea, there’s a couple BlackBerry Curves as well, but who really wants a Blackberry?
Anyway, this could potentially be a good deal for someone that is considering a move to VZW or AT&T, as a new 2yr contract is required. See the tweet below: